Re: [Classicrendezvous] Airlite and Powell hubs

Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 22:58:45 -0500
To: "Donald Dundee" <>,,
From: Harvey M Sachs <>
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Airlite and Powell hubs
In-Reply-To: <>

On the Paramount hubs, and I think it was typical of the era, the right flange is threaded on, using the same thread as the sprocket. The left is a press fit, as Donald Dundee suggests, so it can be set up with the spoke holes between those on the right flange.

harvey sachs

At 04:21 PM 11/13/2000 -0500, Donald Dundee wrote:
>I have successfully removed flanges from three piece hubs to restore, but
>have found that the process is bothe cumbersome and not economical, given
>that these hubs are available at lesser cost than the process if you are
>To remove flanges you have to soak (the flange only) in extremly hot oil
>and then drive the flange from teh barrel with a dowel/hammer. This is a
>bench/vice/shop process and not to be attempted without problems on your
>kitchen table.
>Reassembly is the same except in reverse. It is a good idea to put a small
>reference mark on both the flange and barrel for reassemble so that spoke
>holes are correctly aligned.
>The flanges should be highly polished before anodizing. Anodized airlites
>are pretty hubs, even if they were not the best overall. I have seen them
>in red, green, blue and gold. My '52 Ephgrave path racer has red ones.
>Good luck,
>Ken Denny
>Boston, MA
>>Subject: [Classicrendezvous] Airlite and Powell hubs
>>Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 16:12:56 EST
>>I have some Airlite and Powell hubs in sore need of restoration and would be
>>pleased to receive any advice.
>>The steel barrels need re-chroming, so how does one get the alloy flanges
>>off, and are there any special instruction required so that the exterior of
>>the barrel looks good and the bearing surfaces are durable?
>>The Airlite flanges are plain anodized, but these hubs are destined for a
>>bike which would have had red anodized hubs. Are there any problems with
>>having them red anodized or would it be better to leave them the way they
>>Hugh Thornton